What we're about

Why does the Guinness in Ireland taste better than anywhere else? Because of the culture!

This group is full of laid back people who love all things culture. We do local events and trips which revolve around food, adventure, wine, & art (photography, museums, painting, etc). We even do the occasional big trip to a new and exciting culture around the world or in the USA.

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Spectacular Spain!

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May 30 - June 8, 2022

Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club (http://www.photoflytravel.com/) have invited us to a one of a kind adventure throughout the best of Spain! The Spectacular Spain Adventure is an experience exactly as it sounds and we're happy to visit again.

E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary!

Sign up at: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/spain-small-group-tours/

  • 9 nights/10 days throughout Barcelona (Catalonia) and Southern Spain (Andalusia)
  • Private local guides throughout
  • Breakfast daily
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner Celebrations
  • One Domestic Flight INCLUDED (Barcelona → Granada)

Barcelona (3 Nights)

Barcelona, the capital of the Catalonia region in Spain, is a cultural masterpiece of a city. With world class museums, a gorgeous waterfront, delicious food & wine, and vibrant night life, there is something for everyone here.

– Enjoy boutique hotel steps from the Gothic Quarter
– Guided gastronomy adventure through Boqueria Food Market
– Explore the Gothic Quarter
– Tapas lunch
– Visit Sagrada Familia

Optional Day Adventure to Montserrat & the Costa Brava

A picturesque cable car ride to the top will take us to a historic monastery.

– The Royal Basilica at Montserrat
– The Costa Brava: Follow the coastal route to admire the breath-taking sea-cliffs, coves, & quaint fishing villages

Wonders of the South, Andalucía (6 Nights): Domestic Flight included

– 6 Nights throughout Granada, Ronda, Rio Tinto, Cadiz, & Seville

Granada (2 Nights)

It’s best known for the Alhambra, a grand, sprawling hilltop fortress encompassing royal palaces, serene patios, and reflecting pools from the Nasrid dynasty.

– Alhambra Palace
– Stroll through the Alcazaba (fortress), the royal baths, and the palace of Charles the Fifth
– Generalife Gardens
– Guided walk through Albayzin and the center of Granada

National Park of Sierra Nevada and Alpujarras

The region of mountain villages known as Las Alpujarras clings to the southern flanks of the Sierra Nevada, cut by deep, sheltered valleys & gorges that run towards the Mediterranean.

– Guided hiking in the park exploring the most picturesque mountain villages
– Village road trip en route back to Granada with stops at Pampaneira, Bubion, & Capileira

El Torcal Nature Reserve

En route to Ronda we’ll stop at El Torcal Park Nature Reserve, known for it’s unusual limestone rock formations.

– Three guided options for a nature walk or hike while in the park
– Lunch with spectacular views of of the lake and mountains at the white village of Zahara de La Sierra

El Caminito del Rey

The incredible views, its fascinating history, and its undeniable spectacularity have made the excursion a must when near Malaga.

– We’ll enjoy a guided walk along the side of the gorge (literally)

Sierra de Ronda (1 Night)

The millennial city of Ronda possesses one of the most beautiful historical centers of Spain.

– Guided excursions throughout the highlights of Ronda
– Lunch in Arcos de la Frontera with spectacular views

Seville (2 Nights)

Situated on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, Seville has a rich Moorish heritage, and used to be a prosperous port that carried out trade with the Americas.

– Guided excursion throughout the highlights of Seville
– Stroll through the Jewish quarter of Santa Cruz and visit the royal Palace of Alcazar

Tarifa (1 Night)

– Costa de la Luz Cliff Walk (Andalusia Coastline)
– The southernmost point of Spain

  • International Airfare is NOT included
  • All Taxes, Fees, & Transfers Included

E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary of our Spain small group tours!

Join Us!

*For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested.

Price: $2,995.00

*Single Supplement: $595.00

OR

Deposit: $600.00

Go here to sign up: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/spain-small-group-tours/

Amazing Wildcats & Bat tree Ancient hidden forest experience !

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What we'll do: **Please prepare for an amazing experience to be educated, enjoyed & remembered .
********NOTE: You must rsvp with your phone #. No phone # = no Reservation. Very limited attendance .
We meet in front of the Union hotel in Occidental. We will drive up to the very hidden property in the redwoods from the Hotel.

  • Our first stop will be to walk & explore the ancient & huge trees hidden in this private grove. This unique forest has the ability to create it's own weather. One of the trees has a small colony of little Brown Bats. Hopefully they will be home for us to see & photograph.

***NOTE: The new baby Clouded Leopard has arrived. Unbelievably adorable. He was Only 4 pounds. See him up close. But he is about 20 lbs now & has his own playground. They grow up fast!. Don't even think of missing this amazing experience !
From here we will travel a short way to the hidden Sanctuary of 18 unique & endangered Wildcats. This is not a zoo. You will be up close & may even partially interact & touch one of the beautiful Cheetahs.
The last last new baby Cheetah came to them just before Covid shut things down. (Bummer) The baby has now grown up a bit.
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You will learn much about these awesome beautiful animals.
Such as: The cool Fish cat. The amazing Ocelot, The most beautiful Snow Leopard & many more fabulous wildcats.
Following our guided educational & photo tour we will break for a light wine luncheon. I'm sure many of you will have questions.
The Wildcat Foundation is a Non profit organization. The only one of its kind in Ca.
Event/Tour donation is $127.00
Please RSVP with your full pymt of 50% deposit by early next week.
Pymts can be to Zelle,(Thomas Bold[masked] ) Paypal: via friends & family pay option only. $$, or Check . If by chk. ; send to: T.Bold 2471 Solano ave. # 112 Napa , Ca 94558
I will also be available for pickup at 10:00 am at the Petaluma Fairgrounds lot in front of the Library at 100 fairgrounds Dr.
Must call/text for ride. [masked]
NOTE: Social distancing & masks are in the new 6/15 guidelines.
This is one very special experience you will always remember. Plus its a great cause to educate you & preserve the animals that are endangered towards extinction.
NOTE: A new baby has arrived ! Its an adorable mini Sand Cat from the Sahara Desert area. He was 1.5 lbs. & now is a whopping 4.5 lbs. And looks like Yoda when his ears are down. Experience an up close visit with this shy wild cat.

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Fantastic Fiji

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Our friends at Photofly Travel Club ( https://www.photoflytravel.com/ ) have planned an exotic adventure to Fiji to keep warm this winter & experience the best of the South Pacific!

June 5th - 11th 2022

Go here to sign up: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/fiji-small-group-tours/

E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary!

• 6 nights/7 days in Luxury Boutique Resorts
• Breakfast Daily
• 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners (Including Welcome & Farewell Dinner)
• Locally Guided Adventures Throughout
• All Privately Guided Tours and Activities listed in itinerary
• All Ground/Water Transfers
• Taxes, Tickets, & Entrance Fees included listed in itinerary

This 300-island archipelago epitomizes the word paradise. Our travel club is thrilled to have created a unique journey to some of our favorite gems in Fiji, including enormous sand dunes, breathtaking waterfalls, world-class snorkeling, & hidden ocean caves tucked along dramatic coastlines with dazzling turquoise waters.

Part 1 – Viti Levu: The Coral Coast (2 nights)
"Viti Levu is the largest island in the Fijian archipelago, home to more than 70 percent of the country’s population, as well as the capital city. With rainforest, peaks, spectacular sand dunes, and waterfalls, it is also an island of outstanding natural beauty." - The Culture Trip

  • Visit the Sigatoka Sand Dunes, a UNESCO nominated site and National Park in Fiji containing gigantic dunes and archaeological sites
  • Enjoy Natadola Beach, one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the county
  • Optional EcoTrax adventure: riding an electric assisted bicycle mounted on an old sugar cane tram line that cruises gently throughout the beachy countryside (additional cost)
  • Plenty of time to free time to explore on your own or sit and enjoy the boutique resort

Part 2 – Yasawa Islands (3 nights)
If ever your tropical island fantasies come true, this strand of 20 exquisite islands would fit the bill. Blessed with dramatic peaks and sun-drenched white sand beaches, the Yasawa Islands are the quintessential paradise that lie northwest of the main island of Viti Levu. The region is a haven for nature lovers and is definitely a mariner’s dream for an adventurous ocean escapade.

  • Walk to nearby lookout points nearby our seaside bungalows
  • Handful of activities included
  • Relaxing boat ride for a day trip to Nacula island; explore hidden caverns of an ocean cave, swim through its secluded pools
  • Visit to Fijian village to meet locals and learn about their way of life
  • World-class snorkeling with dozens of species to be seen, scuba diving available (additional cost and requirements)

International airfare not included but we’re happy to help you find the best flights as always. (Flying into & out of Nadi International Airport (NAN)

*Don’t forget to e-mail us for the day by day itinerary of this Fiji small group tour ([masked])
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Join Us!

*For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested.

Price: $2,495
*Single Supplement: $769

OR

Deposit: $600.00

Go here to sign up: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/fiji-small-group-tours/

OPTIONAL EXTENSION
June 11th - 15th 2022

Taveuni Island: Garden Island (4 nights)
• 4 Nights/5 Days
• Qamea Island Resort Accommodations
• Transportation Throughout
• Breakfast Daily
• Farwell Dinner Included
• Round Trip Domestic Flight Included
• All privately guided tours and activities as listed in itinerary
• All Entrance Fees, Transfers, & Taxes

Taveuni, known as the Garden Island of Fiji, is an iconically beautiful tropical island, thick with vegetation and resplendent with tropical flowers.

  • Numerous activities at unrivaled Qamea Fiji Resort
  • Explore waterfalls, hikes, and rainforest at Bouma National Heritage Park
  • Join the Lavena Coastal Walk to view rock pools, craggy coastline, rivers, villages, and more

Price: $1,995
Single Supplement: $475

Wonders of Japan

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June 11 - June 20, 2022

Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club ( http://www.photoflytravel.com/ ) have invited us to a one of a kind adventure throughout Japan!

E-mail [masked] for the DAILY ITINERARY!

Sign up at: https://www.photoflytravel.org/japan-group-tours/

  • 9 nights/10 days throughout Japan
  • Breakfast Daily
  • 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners

Tokyo: 2 Nights

  • Privately guided tour through the city
    – Akihabara neighborhood AKA Electric Town
  • Asakusa Kanon Temple (Sensoji Temple): Tokyo’s oldest and most famous Buddhist Temple.
    – Meiji Shrine: Dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji
    – Shinjuku: Great restaurants, shops, neon lights everywhere you look

Takayama: 2 Nights

Mountains in Japan were once believed to be the sacred dwelling places of divine spirits. The Hida, Kiso, and Akaishi ranges, known collectively as the Japan Alps, rise majestically in northern Honshu. Takayama lies in the heart of the Hida Mountains.

  • Privately guided tour throughout Takayama
  • Takayama Morning Market: famous and well worth a visit to see the stands selling local farm produce, flowers and crafts.
  • Takayama’s Old Town : Visit and photograph Takayama Jinya, old government house, Kusakabe Folk House & Floating Museum, & Yatai Kaikan (Festival Float House).
  • Optional Hida Folk Village Tour: This open air museum exhibits over 30 traditional houses from the Hida region

The Japanese Alps: Central Honshū is home to the Northern Japanese Alps and Japan’s heartland.

  • Shin-Hotaka Ropeway : Unique ropeway that has largest elevation gains in the country climbing over 3,000 ft up the side of the Hotake mountains.
  • Shin-Hotaka Yu Hot Springs: This open air hot spring is in a beautiful setting and a perfect stop to experience one of Japan’s oldest traditions.
  • Hirayu Great Falls: This magnificent waterfall is over 200 ft tall and 20 ft across.

Hiroshima & Miyajima Island: 1 Night

Despite its tragic past, Hiroshima is now a bustling and vibrant city which has risen phoenix-like from the ashes.

  • Privately guided tour of Hiroshima
  • Memorial Peace Park, Museum, & A-Bomb Dome
  • Miyajima Island: The Floating Torii Gate, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s considered one of Japan’s ‘3 Most Beautiful Views!
  • Vermilion Torii Gate & Optional Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima

Kyoto: 4 nights

Home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, over 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines, this ancient city showcases the soul of traditional Japan.

  • Privately Guided Tour of Kyoto:

– Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavillion): Covered with 18 carat gold leaf, this three story structure was originally built by the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397.

  • Okochi Mountain Villa: Famous villa consists of several beautiful gardens and buildings, including living quarters, tea houses, and a zen meditation hall.
    – Monkey Park Iwatayama
    – Gion District (The Old Geisha Quarter) & Optional Geisha Photo Shoot: Experience the world famous Geisha’s in their ancient district of Gion. For those interested (not included) we’ll get to have an incredible experience in a local house with a geisha!
    – Free time in Kyoto to explore on your own
    – Fushimi Inari Shrine: Visit and photograph the famous Kiyomizu Temple, best known for its wooden stage that juts out 13 meters above the hillside below.
  • All transfers, rail tickets, public transit passes, entry fees and activities as listed in the daily itinerary
  • Tour Leader and photographer to help those interested in photography
  • International Airfare is not included - Flying into Narita International Airport in Tokyo (NRT) and departing from Kansai International Airport (KIX) in Osaka

E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary!

Join Us!

*For our solo travelers, we will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested.

Price: $3,595

*Single Supplement: $695

Deposit: $600

Go here to sign up: http://www.photoflytravel.org/japan-group-tours/

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